Anthony James + Marc Dennis + James Stanford | Melissa Morgan Fine Art


Contemporary digital artist James Stanford is to exhibit in a Melissa Morgan Fine Art group show alongside artists

Anthony James and Marc Dennis.

Nevada-based ‘digital painter’ James Stanford is known for his complex digital collages of Las Vegas landmarks and neon signs. Combining traditional photography with innovative digital technology, he layers original photographs to reimagine them as rich and enticing digital mosaics. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, Stanford’s abstract aesthetic features bold colours and mesmerising visual networks.

Stanford’s works reflect a strong connection to his native Las Vegas, featuring resonating symbols like the Old Tropicana hotel or iconic neon signage. His works often combine image and word in highly symmetrical and amplified patterns, wherein a single piece may contain 30 or more layers.

Stanford is concerned with transformative possibilities and artistic expressions of spirituality. For Stanford, his artistic process is akin to meditation. Drawing on the ancient traditions of Buddhism, he conceives of his montages as “modern mandalas” - maps towards inner Zen. As such, Stanford can be said to explore physical environments, such as the enchanting Mojave Desert, in order to unlock psychological landscapes. By transforming reality into imagined realms, his works enact forms of interconnectedness.

Stanford will exhibit a series of his unique and shimmering backlit lenticulars, which create mesmerising image changes as the viewer changes viewpoint.Works featured will include new works and two LasVegas inspired pieces previously premiered at the 20th Anniversary of Asia Art in London in 2017. One of the works, a backlit lenctiular shown in London and Vegas, is a vibrant piece called Recombo Old Tropicana (48 x 48 inches). New works include circular backlit lenticular called Glow Glare Circle (48 inches diameter).

This exhibition follows from the success of Stanford‘s solo show at Sahara West Library, Las Vegas earlier in 2018.

The group show will take place at Melissa Morgan Fine Art on 24th November from 5-7pm.

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Artistic Endeavors: James Stanford's Mandalas | The Snarky Quilter

Architectura Circulo

Architectura Circulo

It has been described as the intersection of Las Vegas and Buddhism. The digital images are intricate, detail-dense, neatly symmetrical, abstract, mandala-like. Most often they’re layers of details cropped from historic photos of Vegas signage and architecture.

Stanford uses the iconic vintage signage of Las Vegas, where he spent his childhood at a time when the town was small and provincial, without access to global culture. His layered images reflect a mirrored geometry that unravels and then recomposes. > Read More

Art Meets Fashion at the Sahara West Library

David Tupaz SS19 | Shimmering Zen by James Stanford | Mark Gunter Photography

David Tupaz SS19 | Shimmering Zen by James Stanford | Mark Gunter Photography

Direct from New York Fashion Week, experience Spring/Summer 2019 couture by David Tupaz at the Sahara West Library this Saturday, November 10, 3:00pm arrivals - 4:00pm show.

The private runway show will be held in The Studio at the Sahara West Library (formerly the Fine Arts Museum) and features James Stanford’s "Shimmering Zen" exhibition as the backdrop for the show.

Tupaz’ couture line was inspired by the art featured in Stanford’s Shimmering Zen exhibition. In the exhibition, Stanford transforms vintage Las Vegas neon signage into contemporary works of art.

To attend, please RSVP to BY INVITATION ONLY! Space is limited.

Neon Museum Hosts 'Shimmering Zen' North American Book Launch

For the first time in North America, Las Vegas artist James Stanford introduced his book, 'Shimmering Zen' from Smallworks Press at Ne10 Studio, The Neon Museum. The evening was filled with a fabulous discussion between Stanford and Neon Museum President and CEO Rob McCoy. The evening was complete when Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave Stanford a special proclamation.

Rob McCoy, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, James Stanford

Rob McCoy, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, James Stanford

Visions of Vegas | The Art Blog

Shimmering Zen @ Sahara West Library

Shimmering Zen @ Sahara West Library

See where wonderment takes you. We are the universe’s way of knowing itself. – James Stanford

Contemporary artist James Stanford presents a new exhibition featuring kaleidoscopic photomontages of vintage LasVegas landmarks and its infamous neon signs. Heavily influenced by his native LasVegas,Stanford is an innovative artist who revisits the vibrant energy of 1960s Vegas.

In a new exhibition entitled Shimmering Zen, he will exhibit a range of intricate digital collages of original photographs that capture the city’s iconic aesthetic, its neon signs in particular. Drawing on his expertise as painter, photographer, professor of colour theory and pioneering advocate of new technologies in digital art, Stanford layers photographs to create and discover patterns in familiar yet completely revitalised images. Bold colours and intricate patterns create mesmerising designs.

Using a mix of traditional photography and digital techniques, Stanford’s works are made unique and compelling by vividly illuminated and moving networks and layers. Some of his works will be printed as backlit lenticulars, taking on a new and shimmering life.

Of his work, Stanford comments, “When you open up your mind, you become so full of this one vision, everything becomes pure energy, pure light. So, that’s what it is: that’s Shimmering Zen” > Read More